EUCC contributes to the EC commissioned study that supports a headline reduction target of 30% in the top marine litter items by 2020

Coastal & MarinE-News

By Joana Mira Veiga, Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC)

The European Commission has published a report that supports a quantitative headline reduction target for marine litter in Europe, as called for in the 7th Environment Action Programme. The study proposes “a 30% reduction of the number of items of the top 10 litter categories found on the beach by 2020, compared to 2015” and this figure has been included in the EC’s Communication “Towards a Circular Economy”. The full report can downloaded at:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/marine/good-environmental-status/descriptor-10/pdf/final_report.pdf

The figure of 30% which was largely based on assessing the impact that different waste management scenarios could have in terms of generation of marine litter but excluded unidentifiable items or fragmented pieces (which variation may not reflect the success of specific measures, due to continuous fragmentation of larger pieces). The scenarios used are in line with the ones considered in the EC’s Impact Assessment study…

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